ADVENT RESOURCES 2016

Print-ready resources for worship & reflection

Using texts from the Revised Common Lectionary, the resources include:

  • Weekly bulletin with liturgy and prayers (in both color and black & white versions)
  • Weekly images to color
  • Prayer prompts for praying with prayer beads

Video instructions are included for creating your own Protestant prayer beads. This simple project is ideal for individuals, families, small groups, Sunday School classes, or as part of a multi-generational event involving the entire congregation.

These resources were created by LEAD featuring original art by Vonda Drees, Director of the Grunewald Guild.

 

 

Resources from previous years are also available:

About the liturgies

Four contemplative Advent liturgies for use with Protestant prayer beads (optional, see video to make your own either individually or as a group project) and accompanying coloring pages in a variety of formats. Each weekly liturgy, created by Lynn Willis, includes the following:

  • Invocation
  • Confession
  • Scripture
  • Prayer
  • Time to be still (including options for coloring* and/or praying with beads*)
  • Blessing

*Explore coloring and praying with beads as spiritual practices.

How to use?

Congregations

  • As part of Sunday worship during Advent
  • For special mid-week Advent services
  • Worshipers can be invited to pray with their prayer beads and / or color the black and white images during a period of quiet reflection

Individuals

  • As personal devotions during Advent
  • Daily prayer with the beads
  • Coloring the black and white versions provides time to reflect on the messages

 

 

 

Catherine Anderson First Lutheran in Duluth, MN

Every Sunday our youth director put out a panel for members to draw on during coffee hour. The stories of welcoming, belonging and story sharing – among all ages – were amazing. Thank you for sharing this gift! I know of at least 3 churches in our synod who used these resources this advent.

Lara Martin

We are using this in place of our usual midweek Bible Study during Advent. A time of stillness, prayer and silence.

Val Metropoulos Amazing Grace in Aberdeen, WA

Amazing Grace Lutheran in Aberdeen, WA is using your artwork and theme during Advent. They have been great inspiration for our narrative lectionary readings.

Carolyn Hellerich

We are giving these out for personal and family devotions during Advent.

Video instructions are included for creating your own Protestant prayer beads. This simple project is ideal for individuals, families, small groups, Sunday School classes, or as part of a multi-generational event involving the entire congregation.

LITURGIES – PRINT READY BULLETINS

Each 2-page weekly bulletin includes an invitation to reflect in several different ways:

  • using prayer beads (see video for instructions to create your own prayer beads as a project for groups of all ages, families or individuals)
  • by coloring and writing on the bulletin images

Three different versions of each bulletin are available in both PDF and Publisher formats:

  • black & white – may be colored during worship or at a later time
  • color – includes both a full color image and a black & white image to be colored
  • full color – with no coloring option however the image has space to write in short prayers

You are welcome to customize the resources or to use pieces of them to fit your own context, however we ask that you credit WayToLead.org and GrunewaldGuild.com.

Week 1 – Hope

B&W PDF / Publisher

Color PDF / Publisher

Full color PDF / Publisher

Week 2 – Peace

B&W PDF / Publisher

Color PDF / Publisher

Full color PDF / Publisher

Week 3 – Joy

B&W PDF / Publisher

Color PDF / Publisher

Full color PDF / Publisher

Week 4 – Love

B&W PDF / Publisher

Color PDF / Publisher

Full color PDF / Publisher

IMAGES

Note: While the vertical images do not appear to be the same height on this page, when copied or saved the individual pieces will be the same height and can be fit together into a collage of the full image.

To copy or save an image:

  1. Click on the image.
  2. When the image is on your screen, right click on it to bring up the options.

Printable PDF versions suitable for individual coloring: 11×8.5 / 17×11

Week 1 – Hope

Week 2 – Peace

Week 3 – Joy

Week 4 – Love